Librivox recording of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is Edgar Allan Poe's only complete novel, published in 1838.
The work relates the tale of the young Arthur Gordon Pym who stows away aboard a whaling ship called Grampus. Various adventures and mis-adventures befall Pym including shipwreck, mutiny and cannibalism. The story starts out as a fairly conventional adventure at sea, but it becomes increasingly strange and hard to classify in later chapters, involving religious symbolism and the Hollow Earth.
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July 9, 2014 Subject:
Excellant Book !
This was a great story to listen to, anytime I’m excited to get to work to listen to the next chapter you know its good (I listen while working) the adventure pulls you in, you really want to find out what happens next. BUT...even after reading the other reviews I still wanted to give the reader the benefit of the doubt & continue on with chapters 14 & 15. I have to say the bizarre reading style made it hard to listen to but the understanding of it gets lost as well. It reminded me of a "Town crier" making an announcement of each & every sentence! As I said, a very bizarre & distracting reading style that gets progressively worse to the point she almost sounds like she's singing the words! I truly hope someone can re-record these two chapters & give this excellent read the consistency it needs for others to enjoy
July 7, 2014 Subject:
Mostly well-read, spoiled by Sylva
Could not agree more with the previous review. The readers in the LibriVox recording are mostly quite good but Sylva's deliver forced me to skip the two chapters she read -- her accent, which I could not pin down and wondered if it might be affected, was distracting but the sing-song delivery was just terrible. Here's hoping someone --anyone-- records another reading of those chapters.
July 7, 2014 Subject:
SILVA should not be reading books aloud
Up until Chapter 15, the readers are halfway decent to good - intelligible, and a good reading cadence.
Unfortunately, reaching Chapter 15 - we come to "Silva" - who has a very strange reading style that can only be described as sing-song-y, and at the same time, read in a steady monotone throughout (yes, it can be both - listen to Chapter 15 of the archive on this site) - that makes the *meaning* of the sentences she is reading, nearly unintelligible. I have no idea what Chapter 15 was about, and no way am I going back and listening to that again. I wanted to throw the MP3 player across the room, listening to her read.
I understand she thought she was contributing something to the public, by reading audiobook(s) aloud - but really, she should find another outlet, if what she's reading, cannot be deciphered by the listener.